Precious Memories

Precious MemoriesThis is another one of those hymns that ought to be in every hymnal but isn’t. It’s in only one, a magnificent hymnal: the African American Heritage Hymnal. I recommend it very, very highly. It should be on every church musician’s bookshelf.

Can’t give the words because of copyright, but I can tell you that the text is built on John 14:18 — I will not leave you orphaned. I am coming to you.

Here it is featuring piano but with some traditional B3 organ and cheezy strings. Absolutely love that “N” in Magnolia. That’s the Magnolia Cemetery in Hurley Mississippi. It used to be the Jones cemetery (our family cemetery and in fact most of the graves–everyone in town???–are relatives).

Author: Hilton Kean Jones

Composer and performer, retired college music professor, lyricist.

4 thoughts on “Precious Memories”

    1. Well, there’s more than one Precious Memories! 🙂 This ones a country tune. I’ll show you the one I played and you can see how the words are very different, too. The country tune is a great one, though, and I may do it someday.


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